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What language has become the dominant international language of education, commerce,...

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riddhi23 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 6, 2011 at 4:48 AM via web

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What language has become the dominant international language of education, commerce, and business?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 4:56 AM (Answer #1)

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The dominant international language is English.  There are several reasons why English is dominant.  First of all, it is helpful to have one language so that businesses can easily communicate.  America is a powerful force, and English is already widespread in Europe.  English is therefore a natural choice for an international language. 

Most countries offer English classes.  In America, we generally do not place much emphasis on learning other languages.  Yet other countries begin educating their children in English from a young age to help them succeed in the global, English-centered economy.

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gopikrishna | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM (Answer #2)

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Generally, English is used among Indians as a ‘link’ language and it is the first language for many well-educated Indians.  The English language is a tie that helps bind the many segments of our society together. Also, it is a linguistic bridge between the major countries of the world and India.The importance of the ability to speak or write English has recently increased significantly because English has become the de facto standard. Learning English language has become popular for business, commerce and cultural reasons and especially for internet communications throughout the world. English is a language that has become a standard not because it has been approved by any ‘standards’ organization but because it is widely used by many information and technology industries and recognized as being standard. A positive attitude to English as a national language is essential to the integration of people into Indian society. There would appear to be virtually no disagreement in the community about the importance of English language skills. Using English you will become a citizen of the world almost naturally. English plays a dominant role in the media.  The impact of English is not only continuing but increasing.Eglish is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union, by 89% of schoolchildren, ahead of French at 32%, while the perception of the usefulness of foreign languages amongst Europeans is 68% in favour of English ahead of 25% for French. Among some non-English speaking EU countries, a large percentage of the adult population can converse in English – in particular: 85% in Sweden, 83% in Denmark, 79% in the Netherlands, 66% in Luxembourg and over 50% in Finland, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, and Germany. Books, magazines, and newspapers written in English are available in many countries around the world, and English is the most commonly used language in the scienceswith Science Citation Index reporting as early as 1997 that 95% of its articles were written in English, even though only half of them came from authors in English-speaking countries.

 

 

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